[Humanist] 32.13 Humanist at 31 & the future of the digital humanities
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun May 13 08:41:13 CEST 2018
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 13.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Sat, 12 May 2018 10:22:55 +0200
From: Paolo Monella <paolo.monella at gmx.net>
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.11 Humanist at 31
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whatever opinion one may have about the very issue of (still) asking the
(in?)famous question "What are the DH?", I think that we can agree that
it characterises a state of our field of study in which cultural
criticism and methodological reflection aim at shaping practice.
The predominance of announcements on reflections, instead, might reflect
a state in which we, possibly worn out by that never-ending complexity,
agree to disagree, ride the current long DH wave, and pragmatically let
practice define what we are and what we do.
A risk might be that we get the illusion of perpetual motion: what we
actually do (practice, funded projects) defines what we do.
What is the external source of energy that keeps the wheel spinning, if
not theoretical and methodological reflection? Possibly that adjective
that I slip in ("funded")?
I often wonder how long funding would keep pouring on our mill's wheel
if projects should become increasingly arid in terms of DH
methodological innovation. Which boils down -- for me -- to the
fundamental question: what's the scientific advantage of doing X
computationally, as opposed to doing it analogically on paper?
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